RAINBOW BEE-EATER ORIENTATING DRAGONFLY

RAINBOW BEE-EATER ORIENTATING DRAGONFLY

MEROPS ORNATUS

This male rainbow bee-eater returns to the same branch to toss and orientate his catch prior to entering the in-ground nest and feeding the young. This was shot near the North Para River, where there are deep sandy soils perfect for burrowing and nesting and an abundance of insects.

Rowland Flat, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Nikon D500, Nikon Prime 500mm, 1/6400, f/5, ISO 800, tripod 

by Stuart Blackwell